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A list of the best San Francisco 49ers of all time. The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most successful and popular NFL teams during the Super Bowl era. The team has gone to six Super Bowls, winning five of them. The San Francisco teams of the past four decades have had some of the best players in football history. These players are widely considered the best players at their position and are easily the greatest 49ers ever. Every conversation about the greatest 49ers begins with Joe Montana. Drafted in the third round in 1979, Montana was an integral player in the 49ers dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s. The team won four Super Bowls with Montana as its quarterback, confirming his status as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Next in line was another superstar quarterback: Steve Young. A worthy successor, Young was an NFL MVP and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl title after the 1994.

You can't talk about the greatest 49ers players of all time without mentioning the best wide receiver ever. Jerry Rice had the most storied career of any receiver in NFL history. Rice holds nearly every receiving record in NFL history and is by far and away the best 49ers receiver of all time.

The 49ers defense has featured the iconic Ronnie Lott and more recently, superstar linebacker Patrick Willis.

This is the list of the best San Francisco 49ers of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the greatest San Francisco 49ers player of all time.

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Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

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Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Young Quarterback

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Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Patrick Willis Linebacker

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Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Roger Craig Running back, Fullback

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Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Frank Gore Running back

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Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Charles Haley Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

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Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

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Justin Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Justin Smith Defensive tackle

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Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Clark Tight end, Wide receiver

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John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Taylor Return specialist, Wide receiver

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Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bryant Young Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Randy Cross Offensive Lineman

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Joe Staley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Staley Tackle

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Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Y. A. Tittle Quarterback

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NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

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Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Brent Jones Tight end

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Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Vernon Davis Tight end

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Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Merton Hanks Cornerback, Safety

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Garrison Hearst is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Garrison Hearst Running back

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Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dana Stubblefield Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ken Norton, Jr. Linebacker

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Harris Barton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Harris Barton Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Rathman Fullback

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Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jesse Sapolu Center

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Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ricky Watters Running back

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John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Brodie Quarterback

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Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Perry Running back, Fullback

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Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jimmy Johnson Cornerback

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Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dave Wilcox Linebacker

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Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bob St. Clair Tackle

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Guy McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Guy McIntyre Guard

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Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fred Dean Defensive end, Linebacker

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Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Wallace Tackle

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Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jeff Garcia Quarterback

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Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Leo Nomellini Defensive tackle, Tackle

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Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tim McDonald Safety

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Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Hugh McElhenny Running back

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Dwight Hicks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Hicks Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Andy Lee Punter

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Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Eric Davis Cornerback

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Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time

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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver

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Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Mike Iupati Guard

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Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Keena Turner Linebacker

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Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Michael Carter Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard

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Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Eric Wright Cornerback

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Don Griffin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Don Griffin Cornerback